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Closing the Achievement Gap: School, Community, Family Connections          747.1 KB

01/01/08    The Annie E. Casey Foundation

This publication provides an in-depth look at Casey’s support of community schools, including selected results and lessons learned. It also includes stories about one California school district’s innovative parent engagement policy, the Harlem Children’s Zone Practitioners Institute, parent organizing in Texas and Denver, and the Foundation’s contributions to results measurement in the connections field.

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Addressing Barriers to Learning          340.7 KB

06/01/07    UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools

This tool discusses comprehensive, integrated approaches for addressing barriers to learning. It also has a set of surveys covering six program areas and the leadership and coordination systems every school must evolve to enable effective learning. The six program areas are: classroom-focused enabling; crisis assistance and prevention; support for transitions; home involvement in schooling; student and family assistance programs and services; and community outreach for involvement and support.

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Community & Family Engagement: Principals Share What Works (Amy C. Berg, Atelia Melaville and Martin J. Blank)           

10/01/06    Coalition for Community Schools at the Institute for Educational Leadership

Principals are increasingly turning to the community to help them engage families, share resources and meet standards. Informed by the work of principals, this paper finds six keys to community engagement that help school leaders engage families, staff, partners and the larger community in the life of the school.

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All Together Now: Sharing Responsibility for the Whole Child(Martin J. Blank and Amy Berg)           

07/01/06    Coalition for Community Schools at the Institute for Educational Leadership

This paper was commissioned by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the largest national professional development organization in education, as part of their work around the concept of supporting the Whole Child.

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Community-Based Learning: Engaging Students for Success and Citizenship(Martin J. Blank, Amy Berg, and Atelia Melaville)          1.4 MB

01/02/06    Coalition for Community Schools at the Institute for Educational Leadership

Research shows that as many as 60% of all students are disengaged from learning. A study funded by the Gates Foundation, highlights disengagement as a key factor in the dropout rate. This report makes the case that community-based learning, addresses the problems of boredom and disengagement. Community-based learning involves students in real-world problem solving that is relevant and meaningful as part of the curriculum during and after school. Read more...

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